The Lego Ninjago Movie - This Lego Movie Does Not Rock
Dir: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan
Starring Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Pena, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods
Proof that lightning does not strike twice, the third Lego movie shows just how quickly the joke has worn thin, if not sputtered out of all signs of life completely. Bookended by a live action Jackie Chan imparting his Ninja wisdom to a young boy, Dave Franco takes over the lead voice of our teenage hero Lloyd, a secret ninja who, with his Power Ranger-like friends, protects their home city of Ninjago from the constant attacks of his own father Garmadon – basically Justin Theroux doing an impression of Will Arnett’s Batman, for reasons best known to all those involved in the making of this pretty much disastrous flick.
So once again we’re in yet another father-son thing, ladled on with a shovel and very little in the way of the rapid fire gags that defined the first two Lego Movies. (They are there – they’re just not funny.) Add to this numerous action sequences that look like a Lego Transformers movie, and a series of life lessons at the end offered up in such a heavy handed manner that it’s amazing these little plastic figures don’t buckle and break apart under their weight. Oh, and there’s a live action cat destroying a toy town that was done to far greater effect – both visually and comedicly – on The Goodies over 40 years ago!
You may find yourself laughing at one or two lines – we didn’t. More a case of Ninja-No-Go.
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